We are very proud to announce a new edition of the IH2VOF and IHFOAM courses.


IH-2VOF is an extensively tested and validated 2DV RANS model which uses the VOF method. It can solve flow within porous media by means of the VARANS (Volume-Averaged RANS) equations. Wave generation including the most used theories is implemented for several procedures: Dirichlet boundary condition, moving boundary method (pyston-type wavemaker replication) or internal wave maker (mass source function). It features active and passive wave absorption. Passive wave absorption is defined by a dissipation zone, and was originally designed to work with the source function. Active wave absorption is a more recent advance, as it absorbs waves on the boundary (moving or not) without adding significant computational cost to the model. The model can obtain the VOF function, velocity and pressure fields and turbulent magnitudes k and epsilon in any cell. The specific tools designed for post-processing can aid the designer of coastal structures to check the stability and functionality. This includes, but is not restricted to, run-up, overtopping, transmitted energy or evolution of the forces, moments or safety factor coefficient on a structure.


The source code will be provided within a training course, which will cover the usage of IH-2VOF with a specially designed all-in-one GUI, guidelines for testing coastal structures, a great number of bechmark cases and post-processing tools.


IHFOAM, what makes it different from the rest of OpenFOAM solvers is a wide collection of boundary conditions which handle wave generation and active absorption at the boundaries, without the use of numerical damping areas. These specific boundary conditions allow generating any type of wave in a 3D domain, from the most simple regular waves (Stokes I, II and V, cnoidal, streamfunction...) to complex, real and fully 3D irregular (random) directional sea states. Active wave absorption has been programmed to work simultaneously with the wave generation to absorb any incident waves on the boundaries. These features do not increase the computational cost noticeably, and there is no need to extend the numerical domain, as it occurs with relaxation zones. Moreover, they allow for longer and more stable simulations without increasing water level or agitation. Currently the model can be applied to solve any impervious structures, both static and dynamic (floating structures). Some examples that have been simulated include: wave interaction with obstacles as vertical breakwaters, ships, offshore foundations, dam and spillway simulations, open channel flow, etc... Needless to say, a thorough validation with well-known laboratory tests has been carried out and is published in Coastal Engineering. The source code will be provided within a training course, which will cover the usage of IHFOAM with specially designed pre-processing and post-processing tools, guidelines for using the model in coastal and offshore applications and a great number of benchmark cases to solve along the course.


IHFOAM is a state-of-the-art 3D Navier Stokes solver for water waves. The training course covers from all the basics needed to learn to use OpenFOAM, to all sorts of advanced techniques, and tutorial cases not included in the materials released, namely:


- Residual monitoring
- Video rendering
- Runtime sampling
- Sampling with Paraview
- Dynamic mesh refinement
- Moving and deforming meshes
- Creating and compiling solvers/libraries/utilities


The combined use of IH2VOF and IHFOAM models has proven very convenient in order to save computational cost in 3D simulations. This methodology has been successfully applied in the following paper:


You can find more details about the models and the courses on the following websites:





The courses will be held at IH Cantabria headquarters in Santander (Spain):


- IH2VOF: 1 day training / October 6th 

- IHFOAM: 3,5 day training / October 7th – October 10th


Please be aware that the places are limited. Find deadline for registration at the website. Discount rates are available for academic institutions and when enrolling in both courses.


Participants are requested to bring their own laptops. For the IHFOAM course you must ensure that your pc is able to boot using a Live USB.


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Over the last 10 years, IH Cantabria has been carrying out work related to the assessment of environmental impacts generated by anthropogenic activities, using a multidisciplinary approach. Much of this work has focused on the evaluation of the impact generated by urban and industrial discharges, with a special emphasis on outfalls. In this field, IH Cantabria has experts specializing in the management and development of hydrodynamic models, with extensive knowledge of the structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems and their response to such changes.

Furthermore, IH Cantabria  has participated in the evaluation of impacts of various activities related to water, such as port facilities, offshore facilities, dredgings, etc.

Some relevant projects:

- Environmental Sustainability Report Infrastructure Master PlanAPS

DATE: 2012
CLIENT: Port Authority of Santander
TASKS: developing the Environmental Sustainability Report PDIPS for the Spanish Ministry of Environment.

- Development of various programs  to correct the effects of an oil spills from the Prestige tanker off the coast of Cantabria

DATE: 2003-2006
CLIENT: Waste Company Cantabria. Government of CantabriaJoyel delante de la barrera2
TASKS: Study of the effects of the Prestige oil spill on water quality, sediment and biological communities.

- EIA  of the expansion of the dredging of the port of Moin (Costa Rica)

DATE: 2005
CLIENT: Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (JAPDEVA) - University of Costa RicaCostaRIca
TASKS: a study of the environmental impact of the work provided

- Study of the effects of storm water discharge canal of Torrevieja Torrevieja2

DATE: 2009
TASKS: Analysis of environmental effects of discharges of stormwater on the different uses of the aquatic environment.

In the last decades IH Cantabria has dedicated an important amount of resources to developing its own next-generation numerical tools to study offshore wave transformation processes  and their effect on port infrastructures. By using these models developed internally , was added to a specific methodology for the analysis and design of coastal infrastructure based on the integration of the different tools and techniques existing study , to get maximum benefit in the identification of variables associated with the functionality and stability of infrastructure design, culminating in an optimal design and quality.

Amongst the numerical models developed by IH Cantabria we can find deep sea to shorelines wave propagation models such as MOPLA or IH-BOUSS. The latter is a nonlinear wave propagation model which uses Boussinesq equations and allows the study of the nonlinear transformation of waves off the coast for entire sea states. MSP and MANOLO models allow studying port resonance phenomena, both in its phase  integrated version (MSP) as well as in transitional phases (MANOLO) IH Cantabria  offers an extense range of Computational Fluid Dynamics models based on RANS equations both in two-dimensional  (IH-2VOF) and three dimensional versions (IH-3VOF e IH-FOAM), which allow the determination of the fotces that the wave exert on conventional and non-conventional structures, and the study of the variables related with the functionality of these structures, such as overtopping.

Some relevant projects:

- Numerical analysis Shtokman dam Port of Shtokman Port of Shtokman

DATES : 2009
CLIENT: Sogreah
TASKS : Two-dimensional simulation of the interaction of the dam with the surf 

- Study of functional response of breakwaters at the new Langosteira Port (SPAIN).  Nueva imagen 1

DATE: 2010
CLIENT: UTE Langosteira
TASKS: Computational study of the response to certain sea states outside the breakwater 


- Analysis of the stresses on the shoulder of the dam from the Marina at the Port of Laredo puerto laredo 30-06-2010 1

DATE: 2008
CLIENT: Government of Cantabria
TASKS: Functional analysis of the north dike section and counter-dike and structural design of the shoulder 

 - Study of functionality and stability of the breakwater of the new port of Garachico (Tenerife ) puertogara

DATE: 2011
CLIENT: Aquática Civil Engineering
TASKS: defining the parameters of functionality and the review of section type from the numerical simulation 


- Support for the Analysis of breaching and flooding events and coastal protection design in San Andres, Tenerifesanandres

DATE: 2012
CLIENT: Port Authority of Tenerife
TASKS: Characterization of breaching events and analysis of coastal protection using
IH-Bouss and IH-2VOF

In the last decade, IH Cantabria has been actively involved in the formulation of innovative solutions, development of numerical tools and deep understanding of the physical ocean, to optimize the construction and operation in ports, with the primary aim of adjusting costs, maximize safety of the workforce, and expand efficient working windows. Port activity worldwide has the need to increase the future movement of goods, tackle ever larger ships, expand the discharge areas and maneuver, and implement better and more secure computers. This makes port works projecting increasingly large in size, to move toward outer coastal areas, and therefore exposure to the action is complex, variable, and severe environmental conditions.

This means that there is a rethink in the way of planning the construction process of new port infrastructure, and traditional management in the daily operation of existing infrastructure. Therefore, the builder / manager must understand and manage port processes increasingly complex and costly, in relation to the movement of materials and machinery management on site and must prioritize in setting thresholds for optimal safety staff and labor. Thus, the IH Cantabria at the service manager / constructor port an operational methodology, adapted for the daily management of activities related to the work and operation of seaports, through innovative design tools and algorithms to solve and optimize manage from a predictive standpoint, the various problems inherent in this branch of engineering.

Relevant works

- Analysis of agitation port in the port of Las Palmas

DATES: 2011-2012

CLIENT: Port Authority of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

TASK: Study establecimeinto agitation and functionality of regimes in the docks.


- Study for the development of a system to reduce wave agitation in Marina YatesMarina yates_del_principado_1

DATES: 2009

CLIENT: Port Authority of Gijón

TASK: ESTABLISHING plant requirements depending on the functionality required. stirring seasonal regimes shortwave and longwave.


 - Development of a system for forecasting waves and sea level for short-term planning of the construction works in Sancti Petri, Cadiz

DATES: 2009
CLIENT: Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs.
TASK: Generating a prediction of system performance conditions of the port works. variables: wind, waves and sea levels.FECHAS: 2009


- Development and design of a new system of planning, implementation and operation of maritime works (SAYOM).

DATES: 2007-2009
CLIENT: Dragados SA - CDTI
TASK: development of conceptual and technical bases for the development of an operational short-term response generally multi-purpose.

IH Cantabria is the perfect ally when designing, expanding, renovating or improving a recreational, fishing or commercial port facility. The combined study of the engineering , naval, operational, environmental and sedimentary aspects looked at from the perspective of R&D provides a guarantee for the success of the initiative.

Numerous public and private clients have benefitted from IH Cantabria's extensive experience in this field. This experience, complete with a detailed knowledge of the hydrodynamic processes, the use of numerical models propagation and the interaction of waves with structures, the use of BAT statistics and mathematics, and the use of best experimental techniques and infrastructure of IH Cantabria IHLab make one it of the global references in port problems.

IH Cantabria has actively participated in the development of the Spanish Maritime Works Recommendations ROM 5.1 that define functional and structural parameters that govern the design and proper operation of the ports

Some relevant work

- New port in Laredo10209728-4322 puerto laredo 30-06-2010

DATE: 2011

CLIENT: Government of Cantabria

TASKS: functional and structural design

- Commercial Port in the Gulf of Nuquí (Colombia)UTEBatan1Chica

DATE: 2012

CLIENT: Archimedes Project

TASKS: Analysis of traffic, needs assessment and functional design plan.


- Arrecife Recreational Marina  CAP23 B05_SECCIONES TIPOS OBRA MARITIMA

DATE: 2012

CLIENT: Tamara Engineers

TASKS: Assistance in the design of springs.


- New protection of Khalifa Port (Abu Dhabi) khalifa

DATE: 2009


TASKS: numerical study of hydrodynamic actions on new dams


- khalifa  Analysis of wave agitation within the main basin of the new port in Langosteira considering vertical anchoring.Nueva imagen

DATES: 2009

CLIENT: Dragados S.A

TASKS: Numerical Implementation of agitation using Boussinesq model

- Development and design of a new system of planning, implementation and operation of maritime works (SAYOM)  Imagen1

DATES: 2009


TASKS: Climate maritime and port high quality development of an early warning system for managing waves work.

- Development of a technology transfer project to port system of new methodologies for the design and operation of port infrastructure: application to the Port Authority of AlmeríaNueva imagen 2

DATES: 2008

CLIENT: Port Authority of Almería

TASKS: New comprehensive methodology for the study of agitation and port resonance

Durante la última década, el IH Cantabria ha desarrollado una serie de metodologías pioneras para generar bases de datos históricas Océano-Meteorológicas, tanto a escala global como a escalas regionales y locales. En concreto, para las costas españolas, se cuenta con la reconstrucción histórica de series horarias de viento de alta resolución, oleaje propagado, onda larga, nivel del mar y corrientes de más de 60 años de datos homogéneos, validados y/o calibrados con información instrumental.

Además también se dispone de proyecciones de clima marítimo realizadas con distintos escenarios de cambio climático hasta el año 2100. Efectivamente, IH Cantabria lleva años trabajando en el desarrollo de metodologías que permitan analizar y evaluar los efectos del cambio climático en las zonas costeras. Desde que en 2003 la Oficina Española de Cambio Climático encargara a IH el estudio del cambio climático en la costa, han sido numerosos los proyectos que se han ido sucediendo al respecto, permitiéndo adquirir una amplia experiencia y pericia en este campo.

Los asentamientos urbanos y su desarrollo en las zonas costeras han dado lugar a construcciones que hoy en día se ven afectadas por los impactos del cambio climático. Puertos comerciales, deportivos o pesqueros, vías de comunicación o frentes marítimos sufren los efectos de un clima cambiante. Esto hace necesaria la introducción del estudio del cambio climático en cada proyecto de puertos e infraestructuras. IH Cantabria proporciona, por tanto, una solución integral al diseño de infraestructuras marítimas.

Algunos trabajos relevantes:

- Caracterización Climática del Medio Físico Marino Español para la Optimización de la Explotación Portuaria y Navegación Marítima (MARUCA) 2012-04-26 IMG_2012-04-26_01-17-47_vi4

FECHAS: 2009-2011
CLIENTE: Ministerio de Fomento
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Obtención de una base de datos de reanálisis calibrada para todas las zonas próximas a puertos de la red del Estado. www.maruca.ihcantabria.com

- Evaluación del clima meteo-oceanográfico en la evolución del comportamiento de las obras marítimas (CLIOMAR) 1256279055359a

FECHAS: 2010-2012
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Estudio de resilencia de estructuras costeras asociadas a las características del clima marítimo y su variabilidad.


- Cambio climático en la costa española. Proyecto C3E Daños-Espigón-avenida-San-Andrés-Santa-Cruz-Sur-TF-300811-01

FECHAS: 2009-2011
CLIENTE: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente
TRABAJO REALIZASO: Análisis de la evolución de las condiciones climáticas, niveles de mar y del clima marítimo en toda la costa española. www.c3e.ihcantabria.com


- Nuevo modelo para el diseño y explotación de las infraestructuras portuarias1191339683 KR2W3276

FECHAS: 2006
CLIENTE: Autoridad portuaria de Almería
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Desarrollo de un sistema integrado para la planificación estadística de nuevos desarrollos y operaciones portuarias.


- Estudio regional de los efectos del cambio climático en la costa de America Latina y CaribeInundaciones-dejadas-por-huracán-Karl 

FECHAS: 2009-2011
CLIENTE: Naciones Unidas
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Predicción regionalizada de los efectos del cambio climático y ascenso del nivel del mar sobre la costa y las estructuras costeras


- Plan de adaptación al cambio climático de las estructuras costeras de Canarias puertogara

FECHAS: 2008
CLIENTE: Gobierno de Canarias-Trama Ingenieros
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Estudio de eventos extremos y evolución de regímenes asociado al cambio climático. Plan de actuación sobre las estructuras de la costa.


- Estudio sobre previsión de los efectos del cambio climático en el delta del Ebro y medidas de adaptación y prevención delta ebro

FECHAS: 2008-2009
CLIENTE: Taller de ingeniería ambiental S.L.
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Estudio de sobreelevaciones e inundación por temporales. Análisis de vulnerabilidad y planteamiento de alternativas de adaptación.

IH Cantabria tiene una larguísima trayectoria en proyectos de estructuras costeras. Bien sea para la defensa de tramos de costa amenazados (en los caso en los que una medida blanda no es posible) como en la protección de ámbitos portuarios, diseño de emisarios submarinos, estructuras de captación de agua, tomas y vertidos de desaladora, etc, IH Cantabria es su instituto de referencia. El conocimiento acumulado de IH Cantabria en el diseño de cientos de estructuras costeras, el empleo de las mejores y más modernas herramientas de trabajo (teórico, numérico y experimental (CCOB)) y la capacidad de enfocar desde la perspectiva de la investigación el diseño de estructuras no convencionales solo se conjuga en IH Cantabria.

IH Cantabria cuenta con el aval de haber sido pionero en el estudio de la interacción oleaje –estructura, así fue de los primeros institutos de Europa en el desarrollo de modelos de predicción de estabilidad de piezas en diques en talud, de modelos para el cálculo de acciones en los espaldones, del estudio del rebase sobre diques de escollera de baja cota y la estabilidad de sus piezas, etc. Clientes internacionales desde Abu Dhabi hasta Taiwan pasando por Europa, Africa y América han confiado a IH Cantabria la integridad de sus infraestructuras.

Algunos trabajos recientes:

- Estructuras para la estabilización de las playas de Finale Ligure (Italia) SpiaggiaCorallo

FECHAS: 2009
CLIENTE: Comune di Finale Ligure
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Estudio de alternativas para la estabilización de las playas y definición de actuación en planta y secciones tipo. Diseño de dique exento.


- Tomas de refrigeración para la desaladora de SaguntoPipeta 6 

FECHAS: 2010
CLIENTE: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Definición en planta y estructural de las obras de toma de agua de refrigeración de la desaladora.


- Diseño del emisario subacuático de Puntayeguas (Montevideo, Uruguay) 

2709010 CaneriaFECHAS: 2009
CLIENTE: Consorcio Seinco-Tahal
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Dirseño hidráulico y estrutural de la estrucrtura de vertido de aguas tratadas y su proteccion frente a las aciones del oleaje.


- Análisis preliminar del emisario submarino de Baku (Azerbaian) File0001

FECHAS: 2009
CLIENTE: Banco Mundial
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Análisis de la viabilidad técnica de la ejecución de un emisario submarino y prediseño de su protección.


- Asistencia en el diseño y estudio funcional de barreras rompeolas flotantesNueva imagen6 

FECHAS: 2008
TRABAJO REALIZADO: Estudio numérico y experimental de la eficacia de las barreras verticales perforadas como pantallas reductoras del oleaje. Estudio de determinados parámetros fisicos en la eficacia de las pantallas.

Over the last 20 years IH Cantabria has been developing full-scale monitoring systems of coastal structures (natural and/or artificial) with three objectives :

  • the development of new design technologies based on modeling without scale effects,
  • maintenance of early warning and monitoring systems
  • monitoring of the risk evolution of real structures throughout their life-span.

Using both commercial technologies (GPS, doppler anemometry, buoys accelerometer, pressure and kinematic sensors, remote sensing, etc.) as well as measurement techniques developed ad hoc, IH has accumulated extensive experience in several fields such as: monitoring of breakwaters other port structures, measuring of coastal met-ocean variables,  follow-up of sedimentary process on beaches and estuaries, dynamics of floating objects , etc . Real knowledge on the behaviour of coastal structures represents the final step of the design process and optimization, and complements the theoretical,  numerical and experimental work carried out to scale.

Relevant projects:

- Red Vigia
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DATES : 2009-2012
CLIENT: Government of Cantabria -Cuevas S. L.
TASKS : Development and management of a monitoring system for marine climate and water quality


- Study of the evolution of the Puntal Beach  Nueva imagen7

DATES : 2002-2011
CLIENT: Project -EU Seaway
TASKS: Monitoring the morphodynamic evolution of Santander spit tusing advanced video imagery technologies. 


-Development of a prototype for offshore wind potential measurement

DATES : 2010-2012
TASKS: Hydraulic Design of a support buoy, definition of the technical requirements and data post processing of the data capture system.


- Monitoring of thePrincipe de Asturias dam shoulder Principe de Asturias

DATES : 1994-1998
CLIENT: Port Authority of Gijón
TASKS: design and operation of a wave measurement system in fron of a breakwater a well as the actuations on the face of the dam Prince of Asturias




At IH Cantabria core activities include conducting physical model tests where we study phenomena related to the generation and propagation of waves, wave-wave interaction, wave-current and wave-structure, stability and performance of protective structures coastal breakwaters and marine structures, behavior of floating structures, operation of valves and hydraulic machines and devices testing marine energy generation.

The capacities of the facilities, the experience of team members and the use of numerical modeling software generation and advanced instrumentation allow basic research trials run behavior of fluids, structures and devices, calibration and validation of all types of numerical models, and the design testing and optimization of structures and specific models used in river and marine environment.

Some work done

- Innovative Technologies for Safer European Coasts in a Changing Climate (THESEUS)camara theseus 008

DATES: 2009-2012

CLIENT: European Union

WORK: Experimental characterization of the attenuation of wave energy due to the interaction flow - vegetation.

- Analysis on breakwater stability channeling in Ponta Negra, Brazil  MG_3725

DATES: 2009

CLIENT: Delta Aquamodelo Construçoes and Engineering
TASKS: Confirmation and breakwater design optimization of 3D trials channeling with ODD. The study included the construction of detailed bathymetry, temporary calibration wave of design, construction and testing of breakwater stability of the whole structure.


- Stability Tests of a jetty for dry bulk terminal in South America  IMG 0098

DATES: 2012


TASKS: Confirmation berthing jetty design with 3D in CCOB trials. The study included the construction of detailed bathymetry, two temporary calibration design waves produced by hurricanes, construction of breakwater structures including docking and stability testing of the entire structure.


- Characterization of the resistance of the "Cubípodo" pieceDSC04398

DATES: 2012


TASKS: Obtaining the stabilityfunction of the part to be placed as part of the armored layer proteccción of the nose and breakwater.

IH Cantabria is actively  developing of tools and methodologies applied to the environmental management of port systems. Many of the efforts of recent years have been based upon the principles established by the European legislation on water quality. In line with these principles, IH Cantabria addresses three major challenges:

  • The adaptation of the generic goals of protection and improvement of aquatic systems to the uniqueness of a port environment by establishing the ROM 5.1

  • The implementation of management models in different geographical contrasted both statewide (Santander, Huelva, Cadiz, Tarragona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, etc.) And European (UK, Ireland, Portugal, France);
  • The involvement of the business sector for technology transfer and innovation, by creating a discussion group framed within the PROTECMA technology platform.


    Some studies

-Implementing the assessment and management of environmental risks ROM 5.1 in the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerifetenerife2 

DATES: 2011-2012

CLIENT: Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

TASKS: Estimation and assessment of environmental risk associated with point and diffuse emissions previously located at  the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


-Environmental impact study for the expansion of the dredging of the port of Moin (Costa Rica)CostaRIca

DATE: 2005

CLIENT: Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (JAPDEVA) - University of Costa Rica

TASKS: a study of the environmental impact of the work provided


-Study of the effects of storm water discharge canal of Torrevieja Torrevieja2 Acequion Torrevieja2

DATE: 2009


TASKS: Analysis of environmental effects of discharges of stormwater on the different uses of the aquatic environment.









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